You guys need to get your heads out of the sand and deal with the US as it is now, not as it was then. We have tried your prescription for a stronger economy, most recently under W, and it has consistently led to disaster. We actually had a surplus the last year of Clinton, but W quickly threw that away. When you nominate a guy whose company is sending jobs to China (see Sensata) at the exact same time he is loudly stating he will never do such a thing trust is lost. When a guy constantly flip-flops, constantly contradicts earlier positions depending on his current audience, trust is lost.
Trust is key if you want to win. We progressives are not always happy with Obama, but at least we know who will show up. With Romney we simply didn't.